Photos by Jennifer Kiel
NEW QUEEN: Niki Backes of Reading, Mich., demonstrates how to introduce a new queen May 22 during the Great Lakes Bee Co.’s demo day in Fremont, Mich. A sugared candy plug encapsules the queen while bees gradually eat through the coating. It is hoped that the time necessary to eat through will allow the bees to become accustomed to her pheromones and accept her as queen. Backes has taught beekeeping classes around the world and has been involved with honeybees since 1999. In 2014, she became co-owner of Red Headed Honey, a skin care company dedicated to awareness and promotion of natural pollinators and their habitat.